The Impact Rapid Intervention Team

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, firefighter, Mayday. The firefighters Mayday goes unheard, but who should have heard it. The answer to that question is Communications, IC, and the RIT. RIT teams must realize that they are a team of Accountability, and Safety Teams. Communications while being the RIT team is more than just communicating what you are […]

Join Firefighter Basics at the SC Firefighters Conference

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The crew of Firefighter Basics will be teaching a class entitled Suburban to Urban Fire Tactics at the SC Firefighters Conference June 10 in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Follow the link to learn how to register. www.scfirefighters.org

Lives of Service

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”- Albert Einstein   Last night 2 more Boston firefighters died.  They died in the line of duty, protecting strangers.  Many will say they are “Heroes” because they died in the line of duty, as if they are elevated above other firefighters due to the circumstances.  […]

The Civil Fire Service War

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Hey Cap, I read this article today in fire engineering magazine, can we go out and try it this well hole stretch. Kid what do you think your in New Yorker City that crap don’t work here we are SUBURBAN FIREFIGHTERS. Hey Lou, I read this article from this guy that says attacking from the […]

Training Opportunity

Join some of the crew March 8-9 at the South Carolina Fire Academy. Southeastern Fire School is a weekend for firefighters to really come and test there skills. So you think you can Search? Come prove it under some adverse and live fire conditions. Sign up now a few more weekend spots available Final Southeastern […]

People of Action

I’m not a lawyer but I do know a couple of the overriding legal theories that encompass the fire service and most other service industries; Misfeasance, Malfeasance and Nonfeasance. Misfeasance is willful inappropriate action, intentional incorrect action. Malfeasance is willful and intentional action that causes. Nonfeasance is the failure to act when required. The worst […]

Why are you wearing that?

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   Before I get started, I'm not a safety Nazi.  I'm not a KSO (Keyboard Safety Officer).  And I probably violate more safety regulations than I should.  But when I'm unsafe, I wear my Personal Protective Equipment.  When I am acting safely, I wear my PPE.  That sounds like a double standard I agree.  But […]

I Just Gotta Get In There

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  Undoubtedly this post will take a lot of heat from the jumpseat heroes who " Just Gotta Get in There ". It appears that while firefighters are working very diligently in keeping the " Culture of Extinguishment " Alive, we continue to encounter another problem. On our Fire Ground today agencies are getting smarter […]

Accountability ” How Good ” By Training 38

How many of you think accountability is about tags and passport systems are in place then you have accountability? Well, that's a start. First is accounting for your personnel. Whether you are an all volunteer, combination or all paid department, the collection of tags or Velcro names is only the beginning. Establishing good accountability starts […]

Learning your streets and routes

   Knowing your streets and routes is one of the most important basic knowledge sets required in the fire service. If you cannot get the apparatus to the scene in a efficient and safe manner, you cannot do your job. If you are new to a district or the fire service you should start by […]

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Marques Bush

Firefighter Basics launched in February 2009 after Founder/Editor Marques Bush was looking for a way to express himself and share his experiences with brother and sister firefighters. Shortly after founding the site Marques spoke with several trusted friends and ask them to come on board and contribute also. Firefighter Basics is a dedicated group of firefighters who strive everyday to practice what they preach about Training, Safety, and Tradition. We can be reached at firefighterbasics@gmail.com

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